The Magic Flute at London Coliseum tickets
The Magic Flute at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

Simon McBurney’s five-star production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute returns to the English National Opera’s London Coliseum following previous sold-out seasons. A timeless classic that follows the adventures of a Prince and a bird-catcher, the sumptuous opera contains themes of love, enlightenment and the search for truth.

This seminal opera has been performed regularly since its original premiere in 1791. The symbolism in the story lends itself to adaptation, and McBurney gives it a highly visual staging through animation and design. The Magic Flute follows Prince Tamino and his companion Papageno the bird-catcher on their quest to rescue the beautiful Pamina from her powerful and manipulative mother, the Queen of the Night. Three mysterious women assist them on the way.

Casting includes Rupert Charlesworth as Tamino, Lucy Crowe as Pamina and Thomas Oliemans as Papageno. Other roles are played by Brindley Sherratt, Jonathan Lemalo, Julia Bauer, David Ireland, Daniel Norman, Eleanor Dennis, Samantha Price, Katie Stevenson, Rowan Pierce and David Webb.

Ben Gernon and Chris Hopkins conduct the production, with Simon McBurney directing. McBurney received an OBE in 2005 after decades of ground-breaking theatre work. He has won an Olivier Award, two Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, and other awards in Europe. With movement by Josie Daxter, the production features set design by Michael Levine, costume design by Nicky Gilliband, lighting design by Jean Calman, sound design by Gareth Fry and video design by Finn Ross.

A well-known opera featuring the soaring score of Mozart, The Magic Flute is catapulted into the contemporary, in a five-star production that earned previous praise from audiences and critics alike. Featuring as part of the ENO’s new season, the show plays at the London Coliseum from 14 March to 11 April 2019.

Recommended for

Those interested in contemporary theatre won’t want to miss this five-star opera directed by Simon McBurney. One of the best-known opera, this is also a great chance for first-time theatregoers to discover something new.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Opened: 14 Mar 2019
Booking from: 11 Apr 2019
Booking until: 11 Apr 2019

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

67 Reviews Add review

A wonderful modern interpretation of this Mozart classic. The staging and the general production was brilliantly done, and it was all... More

AlexPhillips 171cm, 81 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I had never seen this Opera before but knew the music and was eager to see it performed. I thought the performances were excellent,... More

yvetteb 1 review, 0 helpful votes

This was my first opera I've seen and i really enjoyed it! Having it sung in english made it a lot easier to follow and the creativity... More

albuspotter 5"11, 260 reviews, 15 helpful votes

I enjoyed the show as it was directed with humour and zest and it is almost impossible not to love Mozart's Magic Flute. However the... More

ashap 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Contemporary in English. I was able to follow what was happening. Really funny and enjoyable. My 11 year old was enthralled from beginning... More

sarahh25 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I loved the music, actors and musicians were brilliant, I just didn't enjoy much the contemporary adaptation of the opera. I would... More

inakranich 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

francescatroiani 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved this version of the opera with the projection onto a screen in front of the action on occasion. Excellent singing from the two... More

petert8 1 review, 0 helpful votes

katherineh5 5’2”, 50 reviews, 0 helpful votes